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Die Grenze

(Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (2010 series) #2)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  500 ratings  ·  72 reviews
A new Starfleet Academy series for teens--filled with romance and adventure! In The Competitive Edge, Kirk finds out how much of a toll the intense training classes and grueling schedule of academy life is taking on all the cadets, including himself. But some recruits seem better equipped to handle the challenges. Is there something that is giving them an edge? Kirk is det ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published July 2012 by cross cult (first published December 28th 2010)
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I am dying to read a YA series set at a school in space. DYING. I know, I know, Ender's Game satisfies that wish...only it doesn't. I want it to be high school students and I want it to be like Stargate/Star Trek/Firefly meets every YA high school book ever made. Anyway, this book seems to be as close as I can get. *sigh* But it was rather fun!

I've never watched any Star Trek--gasp--but I did like the most recent movie and this book is based in the movie version of Starfleet. This turned out to
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ST fans who are okay with a few literary liberties
Shelves: space, sci-fi, star-trek
This is the first "Starfleet Academy" book I've read, but not the first "Star Trek" book I've read.

I read the intriguing graphic novel Star Trek: Countdown which details the events that led up to Nero traveling through time (for the 2009 movie).
Also, (for the original TV series) I read Star Trek: Troublesome Minds, which captured the characters so incredibly well that I was enthralled by the first page.
And then, my favorite so far, [book:Strike Zone|217855} (TNG).

What I loved about these other b
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This definitely felt like a YA version of Star Trek, it wasn’t great but it wasn’t that bad either. Kirk seemed a bit useless in this one, and everyone’s characterization was all over the place compared to the first one in this series.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the general idea of the book, the fact that Starfleet expects so much from the students and the ways some of them are willing to go to succeed.
However, I was thrown off a lot by the complete inconsistency with the timeline. Whenever the time at the academy is refered to in general, they talk about the “months” spent at Starfleet Academy. On the other hand, even while talking about the “months” at the academy the cadets take part in a special race at the end of their first week at the ac
It was an okay book. It waa better than the first book but not that much better. There didn't really seem to be much of a plot. And whatever plot there was took a while to get to & onve it got to it it was done in like 15-20 pages. A lot of the book was more of the acdemey life rather than buliding up suspense/thibgs related to the plot ...more
Dec 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, kindle
Not as much campy fun as The Delta Anomaly, but still gives some nice insight into who the characters were before the film's canon. ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, star-trek, sci-fi
Obligatory disclaimer that reading the odd Star Trek novel is my guilty pleasure, I hate myself for doing it, etc. Vague spoilers for the sort of people who can recognise Trek episodes by name; not enough to justify spoiler tags:

Hm. This one was fine. The painfully YA style didn't sit particularly well with me. The ultimate plot was essentially that of 'Doctor Bashir, I Presume,' and had the same problems as that episode: good idea, not amazingly well-executed. It suffers from the constraints of
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this second Kelvinverse Academy book more than I did the first. I feel like Josephs had a better idea on who these characters were (as of 09) than Barba did in The Delta Anomaly. Yes, we still got 'Jim is distracted by any female that comes within ten feet of him', but we also had some attempts at characterization.

Jim, Uhura, McCoy, and Spock all feature once again - along with some blink and you'll miss it illusion to Chekov. Jim and Uhura are the two characters who get the most focus
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Schanze
Sometimes I want to be a NERD, leave me alone. Anyway this was a fun book, the characterization was pretty spot-on and Spock and Uhura were super cute. I will definitely keep reading this series, don't judge me. ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book desperately needed an editor...
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, ya-sf, media-tie-in
It’s tiring when all tie in books do is Murder mysteries. It’s even more tiring when they suffer from Kirk Drift. Yawn.
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kirk is at the academy, and other students are under pressure to succeed. Someone is giving them an edge that is dangerous. McCoy gets involved when he finds that something caused a death. A good story with some great character moments. It questions how far you should go to succeed. A good read.
David King
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Edge” by Rudy Josephs is actually the first Star Trek novel I have read that is set in Star Trek’s “Abramaverse”. As this is a Starfleet Academy book it is targeted at the Young Adult audience just like the earlier Academy novels that were set in the Prime universe. However, I do feel that this book was of a higher standard than the Prime Universe series of novels. I suspect that this is because YA novels have come on quite a way in recent years and there is a huge variety in terms of conte ...more
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars. Offering a glimpse into the lives of Kirk, McCoy, Spock, and Uhura before the events of the 2009 J.J. Abrams film that relaunched the Star Trek franchise, the Starfleet Academy series continues with its look at the cadets' school days with The Edge. For some inexplicable reason, the publisher elected to release The Edge, which clearly covers the first few months the quartet spend at the Academy, after The Delta Anomaly, when they are well-established in their studies, Academy routine, ...more
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this is the second book in this new "Star Trek" series for teens, it really jumps back in time to the point when Jim Kirk and his classmates are starting off at the Academy. It quickly becomes clear that their time at the Academy is going to be filled with all sorts of challenges, both physical and intellectual. It starts off with a race across the desert in which only one of the plebes, or freshman, will be winner. Everyone else might as well not matter. Knowing Kirk as we all do, this wi ...more
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second published book in the series, but it takes place before the first one. I didn't know that when I started reading it, so it was very confusing (it would be really nice if there was a note at the beginning that says “This book takes place before the events in The Delta Anomaly”).

Kirk, Uhura and McCoy are just starting out at the Academy and they’re doing their best to keep up. There’s a lot of pressure on the students, so some of them use illegal procedures to give themselves an
I bought this book pretty much straight after reading the first book in the series and my initial expectation would be that it would be better than the first, which was okay. It's an understatement to say that I like Star Trek and I was really hoping that it would be pulled off incredibly well here.

I really liked how the story of The Edge was more related to life on campus and what happens to the students there rather than something that is happening off-campus like in The Delta Anomaly. It seem
Natasha Reeves
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek lovers who can be satisfied by teenie tiny bits of information on their beloved favorites.
Recommended to Natasha Reeves by:
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
This was more of a 3.5 star read. And not because the characterization was poor. It wasn't too bad actually. It was because the writing was so... average. Boring. Unexciting.

This book takes place in the "alternate universe" created by the movie Star Trek: 2009 (in case the cover wasn't a dead give away). The synopsis says that Kirk is saving McCoy from being blamed. Well, the problem starts right away, but drags its feet until over half-way through the book when McCoy is "detained". In fact, the
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fellow Trekkies
Recommended to Raine by: None
I was curious when I saw this new set of Starfleet Academy series. It was thicker than the previous ones I've read from the Star Trek:The Next Generation series. Wow! I never thought it would be an engaging read. Author Rudy Josephs kept me close at the edge of my seat as I thumbed quickly through the pages just like the race in the first chapter. It didn't lose steam because mystery came in a form a dead first year student in the morgue and the following day, another student in ICU. It made one ...more
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this science fiction novel The Edge for the Star Trek original series cast in Starfleet Academy, the author Rudy Josephs describes a short period of time in the alternate timeline presented in the JJ Abrams movie “Star Trek” in which Kirk’s father is killed by a Romulan from the future. The original series cast is present, but they are at the Academy in Sausalito, CA undergoing 4 years of training needed to become officers in Starfleet. The date is 2255 CE (23rd century) and the main protagon ...more
Ross Vincent
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd in the J.J. Abrams universe Star Trek Novels.

Once again, it focuses on Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and Bones during their first days at the Academy. (I am not sure who was in charge of the numbering/ publishing, but this book needed to have come out first, not 2nd).

In this book, Kirk is having to adjust to his first days at the Academy- he is being tested and trying to prove he is alpha dog of this crop of cadets. That no matter the challenge, he is going to find the strength and energy, and s
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's early in the Academy days of our favorite crew(the movie version) and James Kirk is trying to make his mark.

One young freshman turns up dead in his bed and when Leonard McCoy assists in the autopsy, he discovers something odd. Multiple injuries to internal organs without medical intervention. And something even more odd. He finds evidence of surgery to deaden the nerves, rendering the person unable to feel pain.

When Uhura's roommate collapses, McCoy is the attending physician and discovers
Mar 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
I can see how people feel that this was a better book than the first in the series (Delta Anomaly). It seems a little more respectable, has a little more depth, more thought. But it just didn't have the personality of the first book. All of the characters were quite bland (except Spock, oddly), and the "whodunnit" was a bit disappointing at the end. Kirk was thoughtful and and a little more down to earth, but I missed that x-factor and verve that he had before. I mean, McCoy didn't even once say ...more
Mike McDevitt
Blander than 'Starfleet Academy: Delta Anomaly', but not truly terrible. I prefer energy, a sense of humour, or the tang of romance. Although Spock and Uhura flirt somewhat there was less 'spark' here than elsewhere. Cadet Monica Lynne's racism against aliens on page 19 was jarring: I disliked and suspected her immediately, while Kirk continued his efforts to woo her for weeks and months afterward? She must be quite a hottie- I found her immediately off-putting.

Does Starfleet Academy actually ha
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Starfleet Academy book was a ton better than the first one I read. It was less stereotyping and more just natural. It was a fun read. It follows James T. Kirk on his first few months at the academy. Some of his internal monologues seemed a little out of place, but they made him look more human and allowed for a growth we had to assume happened at Starfleet that we didn't see in the film. The story is a simple mystery about things students getting hurt. The bad guys are a hundred times more ...more
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek Fans
This book really surprised me. I gave up reading Star Trek series fiction when I was in high school after I realized that one book was just like the next. I was really hesitant when I picked this up thinking that this book would be one more of the same type of series. While it does have the feel of series fiction, the characters and the story were original and fun. Basically, this one is a fun read for the Trekkies out there looking for something new.

On a side note, this particular series is be
This novel isn't as well written as the other books in this series. The pace is a little slow and the resolution takes a bit to finally happen. It was easy to guess what was going on, and Kirk's action at the end is sort of in character, but not exactly. The relationship with the girl also didn't ring true. The best part is the development of Spock & Uhura's relationship.

This book is sort of a medical thriller. But the thriller part is weak. The relationships were better handled.

As a Trek fan,
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This latest installment in the new Starfleet Academy series is set immediately after Kirk arrives at Starfleet Academy as a first year cadet - in Abram's latest Star Trek universe. Kirk hasn't formed many friendships other than with Dr. McCoy, who also becomes involved in the investigation into the cadet's death. This new Star Trek series geared towards young adults have both been murder mysteries so far. Both installments are stand-alone novels, so it's not necessary to read them in order. In f ...more
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